Archive | February, 2011

The Value of Libraries…

28 Feb

“Yes, I’m writing a book, . . . and yes, I hope it’ll make some money. But I’m not praising the public library service for money. I love the public library service for what it did for me as a child and as a student and as an adult. I love it because its presence in a town or a city reminds us that there are things above profit, things that profit knows nothing about, things that have the power to baffle the greedy ghost of market fundamentalism, things that stand for civic decency and public respect for imagination and knowledge and the value of simple delight.”  Philip Pullman, speaking on 1/20/2011 in defense of public libraries in the U.K. (The full text of the speech is here.)


Find us on Facebook!

24 Feb

An easy way to keep up with programs and other happenings at the Newton Free Library is to hit the Like button on our Facebook pages!  Then we’ll be part of your Newsfeed, with our updates centered around our library-world.  So why not “Like” ’em all…..

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Unshelved: “Revolver” by Marcus Sedgwick

17 Feb

Resource Spotlight: American History in Video

14 Feb
Newton Free Library now subscribes to a database called American History in Video.  This collection of online film allows researchers to analyze historical events and their presentation over time.  It contains commercial and governmental newsreels, never-before-published archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries. The current database release now provides 5,741 titles, equaling approximately 1450 hours.  Many of these videos are primary sources.  A great feature is the searchable transcripts which are integrated with the video. The entire database can be searched by keyword, subject, name, historical era, and more.  One especially useful feature is the ability of users to create annotatable “Playlists”: you can put together, using the database’s dedicated video-editing tool, video clips from many sources.  A static URL is then created for the Playlist, which is shareable with other people.

This database is available not only on Newton Free Library computers, but also remotely in one’s home or school as long as the user has a Newton library card (with a number beginning 21323…) and a Newton residence.

Contest: Doodle 4 Google

10 Feb

As announced a couple of weeks ago by Google, Doodle 4 Google is back again this year. Doodle 4 Google is a student drawing contest open to all K-12 students in the U.S. The contest asks students to create drawings, on 8.5″ x 11″ paper, that redesign the Google homepage logo while responding to the prompt “what I’d like to do someday.”

This year Google is increasing the opportunities to participate in the contest by allowing parents to register their children if they’re not registered through school. Students involved in The Boys & Girls Clubs of America and The Girl Scouts will also be able to register for Doodle 4 Google.

This year’s winner will receive a $15,000 college scholarship and a $25,000 technology grant for his or her school. Registration is open now and closes on March 2nd. All drawings must be submitted by March 16.

Yum!! Teens! Come to a cupcake decorating contest.

1 Feb

Teens in 6th grade and up are invited to a special cupcake decorating contest.  Show off your creativity and flair.  Best of all, you can eat your cupcake creations afterward!

Thursday, February 3rd at 7:00 pm

Room A, Newton Free Library  617-796-1370

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